Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars: Game 2 Preview

Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars: Game 2 Preview

Photo Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

The Toronto Marlies rode Drew MacIntyre and some opportunistic scoring to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final opener on Friday. It was a big win to grab no matter how perfectly it was executed, as the Stars hadn’t lost at home in the playoffs before the Marlies’ handed them a somewhat deceiving 5-1 defeat.

Playing more of their north-south game through neutral ice and generating offensive zone time on the cycle at even strength will have been a focus for Steve Spott’s team going into game two.

“There wasn’t a whole lot to like in terms of structure. We got off our game plan a little bit, we were opportunistic and found a way to win the game but we have to be better in all three zones. We’ve prided ourselves this year on playing the game the right way. We got into a track meet, that’s not what we want to get into.”
– Steve Spott

The Marlies still haven’t trailed for a second in these playoffs and have jumped out into early leads in almost every game. Their mere 12 goals against in the playoffs is remarkable –a testament to their commitment and sacrifice in clogging up the middle, out-of-his-mind goaltending from MacIntyre, and a penalty kill that is rolling at the right time — and their 35 goals for in 8 games equally so — there have been contributions from all over the lineup, as the Marlies have ten players with at least 6 points in 8 games, and their powerplay has found a higher gear in the playoffs.

The Baby Buds look to make it 9-0 in these playoffs and bring a commanding 2-0 series lead back to the Ricoh.

Brad Ross is expected to draw into his fourth playoff game tonight as Spott has been working a rotation on the fourth line wing.

Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. EST.

415 comments
Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Memorial Cup MVP was never drafted I hear.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Have a good night MLHS'ers

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

That's the game boys. Suck it Shithawks.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

That 70s line is causing some havoc for the Shithawks.

Sexyhairyman
Sexyhairyman

what happened with the marlies in the end/

Murph2417
Murph2417

HOLY SHIT THAT BANGING ON THE GLASS IS ANNOYING!!!! JESUS!!!!

T K O
T K O

I always wondered if the AHL team mirrored the systems of the parent club...... Marilies face a real good team and give up back to back 50 shot games.....guess that answers my question.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Marlies home games $5 beers until 5 minutes into the second period. Load up ;D

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

Texas is really good. Every loose puck their are like 3 Texas players tracking it down. Even if a marlies player gets to it first they have no time to do anything and Texas has the backup to win any scrums. 

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Hello Texas, trying to watch a game here

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

So to the guy who was asking about Jays or Marlies win streaks (first to end). We can all thank you for this outcome.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

Flashes of the big club going on here.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

what the hell kind of defensive effort was that.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

FFS puck just sitting there

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Nice hit by Marshall there

mcloki
mcloki

Where did TJ Brennan come from?. We didn't draft him?

Yan28
Yan28

@wiski Representing in tough times. I respect that.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Murph2417 I know. With all the guns in Texas I figured somebody would have shot the prick

Murph2417
Murph2417

@ShiftyD @Murph2417 Between that and the over use of the horn I want to choke every person (minus marlies & staff) in Texas.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Sexyhairyman @ShiftyD  Yep. Was bound to happen at some point. Hopefully they regroup and come out playing a better overall game

Sexyhairyman
Sexyhairyman

@ShiftyD @Sexyhairyman ah. thanks buddy. shame, but one loss will probably be good for them. especially after getting outplayed two games in a row. wake them up a little and help them lose the complacency.